The Bahama Islands is an archipelago consisting of about 2000 islands including cays formed on coral reefs. The word Bahamas has Spanish roots and literally translated means ‘Shallow water.’ Though the Bahamas are part of the Caribbean islands, they are actually located in Atlantic Ocean and not in the Caribbean Sea, around 100 miles off from the Florida coast.
The crystal clear, sparkling blue waters, alluring beaches, the tropical sun all combine to make the Bahamas a perfect destination for a beach holiday. Apart from lazing away on the sand soaking up the sun, you can indulge in a range of water activities – the islands offer some best diving and fishing in the world.
Water activities apart, the Bahamas offer everything for a memorable holiday experience and boast several world-class golf courses, historical sites and great dining and nightlife opportunities. Whether you visit the Bahamas for a wedding, honeymoon or family or friends reunion, you will find something to suit your tastes and requirements.
What to see and do in the Bahamas
Andros: Set amongst the Out Islands, Andors is the third-longest barrier reef in the world. It is home to several natural creeks, colourful coral, forests filled with wildlife and thick mangroves. Andros is a perfect destination for those who wish to commune with nature.
Beaches: The Bahamas offer some of the best and the most unspoiled beaches in the world. Harbour Island beach has been consistently named amongst the top ten sand beaches in the world. The Surfer’s beach is considered the best for surfing. Then there are several secluded beaches where you can find your own space under the sun, undisturbed by the crowds.
Blue Lagoon Island: Head to the island to see the bottlenosed dolphins and interact with the sea lions that were displaced here by Hurricane Katrina.
Columbus’ landing spot: It is believed that Christopher Columbus made his first ‘New World’ landing on San Salvador’s Cockburn Town. The place is now a major diving destination.
Eleuthera’s colonial charm: Eleuthera was the place where the first British colony was established. Wander through these charming villages and you will be able to see colonial buildings and rolling pineapple plantations.
Fishing in the Abacos Islands: The Bahamas has a reputation for fishing and diving. For the best fishing opportunities, head to Abacos. Several world-class fishing events and tournaments are held here annually.
Accommodation in The Bahamas
The islands of Bahamas offer various accommodation options including private Caribbean villas, idyllically located near the beaches for those who wish for some privacy and space in addition to all facilities offered by the hotels.